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Oct 2, 2018 - Gjirokaster

Today we made it to Albania. We stopped at Ksamil on the Adriatic Sea and had lunch at a beautiful beachside restaurant before visiting Butrint. Butrint was a Greek colony, a Roman city, and a bishopric of the Byzantine Empire. This city was built on a peninsula with a wall on all sides. It looks like it would have been a nice place to live. We then headed north along the coast to Gjirokaster and had dinner at a local restaurant after checking into our hotel. The next morning we walked up the hill, through the old town over cobblestones to...

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May 11, 2018 - Gjirokaster

From Dhermi it was an enjoyable, leisurely drive to our next base, Gjirokaster, close to the border with Greece. A lunch stop on the way in Sarande was a tad dangerous, not for the food, for the shops. Finally, Gilli found herself a sunhat..... and all was good. 'All was good' did not last all that long. The GPS did it again. We took the recommended road towards our next home-base and followed it for around 18 kms until confronted with a lumpy, rocky, unpaved surface. Stuff that. We remembered our pact. We turned around, back-tracked, and...

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Nov 17, 2014 - Wandering the lanes of Gjirokaster

A town like Gjirokaster shouldn't be a quick stop on a tour bus. It isn't like Disney World where you rush from one attraction to the next. Indeed, there are very few “attractions” available here. It's best to wander its streets and absorb its unique history. My reservation for this hotel listed that breakfast was included. So, I walked into the dining room to see what I might find. The owners motioned for me to sit at any table. I sat and waited. Soon, dish after dish came out of the kitchen. First several slices of warm bread and rolls,...

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Nov 16, 2014 - Getting to Gjirokaster

I love to visit UNESCO sites. In case you're not familiar with it, UNESCO is the United Nations, Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Countries nominate special places for designation in the official UNESCO list. I've visited many UNESCO sites all over the world, including The Great Wall of China, The Pyramids of Giza (Egypt), Mesa Verde National Park (Colorado), Yosemite National Park (California), Venice (Italy), Angkor Archaeological Park (Cambodia), Victoria Falls (Zambia), Acropolis (Greece), Vatican City, Iguazu National...

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Jul 22, 2014 - Story time

A break in the unspoilt blue skies and searing heat arrived in the early hours of this morning, as a tremendous thunderstorm was unleashed over the mountainside. Patches of clouds lingered for the rest of the day, a quiet rumble of thunder and brief burst of rain occasionally making their presence known. I didn't go down for the breakfast put on by the B&B this morning, mainly because it was served between 8 and 9am and I was still in bed. I could have gotten up of course, but I didn't want to. (I am supposed to be on holiday you know). My...

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Jul 21, 2014 - Right back home

Today's bus out of town, and on to stop number three, leaves from a spot "uphill of the ruins". Happily the Butrint bus passed it by, saving me the trouble of trying to find it for myself. The woman in the tourist information office was even able to give me departure times when I dropped in yesterday afternoon. I'm heading to Gjirokastër, which means taking the Tiranë bound bus. When I approach the driver, ten minutes before the bus is scheduled to leave, his only response is the word "ticket!", accompanied by thumbing over his shoulder in...

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Jul 1, 2012 - Gjirokaster

ALBANIA: Traveling by bus in Greece is relatively simple. The buses are modern & comfortable… a lot like traveling in Canada. The ones in Albania are a bit of a different story. We arrived at the Albanian/Greece border, checked out of Greece, walked across to the Albanian border through their check point. From there it’s a bit of a stroll to find a taxi, where using hand signals, pointing and bad pronunciation of our destination, produced a 20 euro ride for 4 to Gjirokastra, 50km away. At the border we befriended a Japanese tourist named...

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Mar 13, 2012 - Day trip to Gjirokaster

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gjirokast%C3%ABr 3-13 Took a bus to Gjirokastra, a city with a great fortress and just nice, peaceful village (of course it's not tourist season yet either). The photos say it all but hiking up the steep, narrow cobblestone street I was passing a small market (the kind you find everywhere in Albania), and stopped for a breather to buy a couple of carrots. When I 'asked' how much the gentleman motioned to me to just have them! At first I thought I misinterpreted him and took out my coin purse but he shook his...

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Jul 4, 2010 - Gjirokaster

Der Geburtsort des ehem. Diktators Enver Hoxha mit seiner ebenfalls UNESCO-gelisteten noch steileren Altstadt als Berat und einem der groessten Forts des Balkans ist schoen gelegen in den suedlichen Bergauslaeufern Albaniens. Der Weg hierher war erneut abenteuerlich lang. Als (wie bisher immer in Albanien) absolut einzige Touristen im Klapper-Lokalbus wurden wir von einer vor uns sitzenden Mutter mit Kind unaufgefordert und voellig ueberrascht, regelrecht bewirtet! Dsas ist albanische Gastfreundschaft, man stelle sich die Szene mal...

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Feb 28, 2009 - Birthplace of Albania's Communist Dictator

2/28/09 As the Butrint history shows, many foreigners have tried to get their hands on Albania. In addition to the Greeks, Romans, Normans, Venetians, Ottomans, and Italians, the Serbians have also tried to annex Albania as well as the Germans in WWII. After the war, the dictator Hoxha aligned himself with Russia, got into conflict with them, then aligned himself with China and modeled many of his policies after those of Mao’s regime. Intellectuals were sent to the country, kids put in position of power, and communism reigned. Apparently...

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